Woodland Park Middle School

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November 12, 2021

Good Afternoon WPMS-

Thank you to all of our Veterans and their families that dedicated time to ensure our freedoms. We are proud that you are part of our community and honor the influence you have on our students.

We were very proud of our student participation at the WPSD Veteran's Day Assembly. Our band, choir, and 8th grade were in attendance. The performances were an amazing tribute to our Veterans.

Please make sure to check out all of the happenings in our community that are listed below! Have a safe and relaxing weekend.


Yvonne & Erin

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Caring and Active Parents Award Staff Mini-Grants

Over $16, 000 was raised in our school wide Color FUNdraiser Run this year. Today, CAP awarded mini-grants to staff members in order to enrich the experience of our students. Thank you so much for all your generosity!

PE: $5,000 for supplies and upkeep of equipment to keep students healthy

Justin Benjamin: $250 for BeeSpi timer units

Craig Macari: $150 for basketball shooting shirts

Kelly Havens: $1,000 for computer lab updates

Josh Davidson: $200 for clay for stop motion art

Ben Honeycutt: $500 for filament for the 3D printer

Kayla Garcia: $500 for a Majestic 2.5 Octave Steel Glockenspiel

Stephanie Rucker: $300 for cooking club

Mindy Wiley: $500 for vermicomposting bins and worms for the biome bottles class project

Nicole Cherry: $1,000 for supplies needed by the Student Care Team to run various groups

Anna Hand: $135 for Bal-A-Vis-X training DVD. This is used to promote mindfulness, reduce stress, and regulate emotions with students

Penny Vetter: $1,200 for supplies for student yoga clubs and cooking classes

Christina Chapman: $800 to support Panther Day activities in the 6th grade

After Thanksgiving Break: 4th Period & Lunch Swap

After student and staff feedback, we are going to be swapping lunch and 4th hour. Our students are sharing that the afternoon time currently feels long, so this will help break it up. No other class periods in the schedule will be impacted.

The new class and lunch times will be:

11:14 am-12:02 pm: 4th Period

12:02 pm-12:42 pm: Lunch

Enrichment Class: Trimester & Grades

WPMS switched to a trimester system this year for enrichment classes only. We did this in response to student feedback from last year where students took participated in every enrichment class because of our amended schedule due to Covid. Enrichment classes are an opportunity for our middle school students to explore a variety of course offerings including PE, vocal and instrumental music, art, STEM, video production, cooking, child development, and more. Here is what you need to know:
  • Enrichment class grades are posted in Infinite Campus.
  • Enrichments run on a trimester schedule. This allows students up to 6 courses per year.
  • Each student gets two enrichment classes per trimester.
  • The first cycle of enrichment classes ends on November 19th.
  • On November 29th students will receive a NEW printed schedule in the morning. There may be changes to schedules.
  • New enrichment classes begin on Monday, November 29th and end on Friday, March 4th.
  • Third trimester begins March 7, 2022.

We understand that it can get confusing when the traditional school calendar is broken up into quarters and semesters. We found that quarters are too short of a time for an enrichment class and a semester can be too long for most enrichment classes.

Our core classes of English, math, science and social studies are year long classes. You may check your student's progress on the Summit Learning Platform and in progress grades will be posted in Infinite Campus in January.

Please contact your child's teacher if you have questions about their progress in any class.

WPMS Boys Basketball

Monday, November 15: WPMS hosts Buena Vista. The "A" team boys will play at 4pm, "B" at 5pm, "C", at 6pm.

Wednesday, November 17: WPMS "A" team hosts Florence for the Tri-League Tournament at 4pm.

Please pack the gym with support! All games will be live streamed on the WPMS Facebook page.

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WPMS Winter Athletics: Registration Open

Winter athletics are right around the corner. Registration is open. Forms can be found on the WPMS website. All athletes must have a current physical in order to tryout.

Girls Basketball

  • Coaches: Head Coach TBD & Assistant Coach Laurie Gutierrez
  • Tryouts: End of December
  • WPMS will have three teams based on skills. First round tryouts open to 7th & 8th grade students. IF there are openings on the teams, a second round of tryouts will be open to 6th grade students.
  • Open Gyms: Now-January
  • Season: January
  • Season Practices: Monday-Friday 3:30pm-5:30pm


  • Coaches: Matt Hood & Assistant TBD
  • Season: January-February
  • Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls and boys.
  • Practices: Monday-Friday 3:30pm-5:30pm

WPMS Thanksgiving Lunch: Thursday, November 18th

WPSD will be closed for Fall Break: November 22nd-26th

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WPMS Student Care Team

We know that the upcoming holidays can bring increased stress on students and families. The WPMS Student Care is here to help and support our community. Please don't hesitate to reach out for a listening ear or resources.

Attendance Support

We appreciate the diligence that our school community has demonstrated with keeping children that are ill at home. However, we know that returning to school can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help support your child:

  • Help your child set small goals in making up missed work.
  • Connect with your child's mentor teacher. Email works great and they can help your child make a plan to get caught up.
  • Attend after school Academic Assistance on Tuesday & Thursday in the WPMS library.
  • Reach out to our school counselors if additional support is needed.

Student Council: Community of Care Food & Toy Drive

The WPMS Student Council is excited to kick-off their first service project. All items may be sent with your student on a daily basis, November 8-18th. Items will be collected by mentor class.

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Gently used or new toys or books.
  • Our food drive will benefit our local food pantry - The Community Cupboard.

Anonymous Tip Line: Safe2Tell

Safe2Tell is an anonymous tip line for our community. Parents, students, staff, and community members can report concerns. Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community.

Safe2Tell is open 24/7, 365 to take reports.



Grade Level Newsletters

In addition to the whole school WPMS newsletter, each week the grade levels will also have information for specific grade level happenings! Click the links below:

6th Grade Family Newsletter

7th Grade Family Newsletter

8th Grade Family Newsletter

What's Happening in the Library?

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School Health Protocols

Supporting the health of our students and staff is important for our learning environment. Woodland Park School District is committed to the following health practices:
  • We will encourage students and staff to wash their hands regularly.
  • Sanitation stations are located throughout the building.
  • All rooms have air purifiers with new filters.
  • We will encourage staff to keep windows open and fans on for air circulation.
  • Masks are welcome.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged to physically distance.
  • Outdoor classroom spaces will be utilized.
  • Regular sanitization of classroom desks and shared materials.

A Note from our Nurse

Cold and flu season is upon us and there currently is an uptake of illness within the school. PLEASE stay home if you are sick! Students may return to school only after they are symptom and fever free for 24 hours.

Be mindful of doing the at-home symptom screener before coming to school and any student with the following symptoms(s) need to stay home:

  • A fever 100 degrees or higher. A student should not come back to school until the temperature is normal for 24 hours WITHOUT medication. Please DO NOT give any Tylenol, Ibuprofen or any cold medicine before sending your child to school.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • A new or persistent cough
  • Sore throat associated with a fever and/or rash
  • Headache or stomach ache in combination with other symptoms listed
  • Direct contact with a person that has tested positive for COVID.
  • If your student or yourself has been tested for COVID and pending results, please stay home until test results are confirmed.

As a reminder please remember to wash your hands, get plenty of rest, drink extra fluids and eat a balanced diet. Healthy children learn better! Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in helping keep students safe and healthy. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Cheri Maniak, RN



WPMS Log-in Reminders

Google Log-In:

username: <first initial><middle initial><last name>

password: student ID number

Student Summit Learning Log-In: summitlearning.org

username: <first initial><middle initial><last name>@wpsdk12.org

password: student ID number

Student Infinite Campus: campus.wpsdk12.org

username: student ID number

password: <first initial> <last initial><6 digit date of birth> (month/day/year)

example: Mary Smith January 1, 2002 = ms010102

STUDENT HOURS 8:05-3:15pm Student Drop off begins at 7:40am

WPSD Transportation

Throughout the summer WPSD has been partnering with Durham Transportation to plan for the upcoming school year. Bus routes are posted on the front page of the district website: https://wpsdk12.org/ If you have urgent questions, please call Durham 687-4411.


Woodland Park School District Re-2 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth; is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law.